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STOP Audit in Houston with Keep Pasadena Beautiful and Black Cat GIS

KTB has had the honor of managing an EPA Grant through their Trash Free Waters program since 2020. KTB extends funds throughout the state to organizations working to prevent the flow of litter into the Gulf of Mexico.  On October 25th, Kirsten Sorensen, KTB’s Research and Cleanups Program Manager, met…
lara
November 2, 2023
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Choosing Your Cleanup Location

by Aishwaryaa Udeshi, Young Texan Ambassador Cover Photo from Aishwaryaa's cleanupHave you ever felt the urge to do something good for the environment, but didn't know where to start? Or have you participated in a clean-up but felt like it wasn't making a significant impact? Choosing the right clean-up location…
lara
October 19, 2023
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Prescription Drug Take Back Programs & Responsible Disposal

by Mac Davenport, Interim KTR Program CoordinatorImproper storage and disposal of medication poses serious risks to the health of your family, community, and our environment. Unfortunately, unused prescription drugs can find their way into the wrong hands too easily and lead to misuse and addiction. Over 50% of people who…
Corinne Pierce
October 16, 2023
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Hispanic Heritage Month and Environmental Justice Advocates

by Karla Camacho, KTB Communications Coordinator Cover Photo from Latinos OutdoorsNational Hispanic Heritage Month is here! From September 15 to October 15, the United States celebrates the contributions and influence of Latinos on the history, culture, and achievements of the country. This month-long celebration offers a valuable opportunity to foster…
lara
October 13, 2023
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What’s New This Fall Sweep!

by Kirsten Sorensen, Research and Cleanups Program Manager Fall Sweep is in full swing, and KTB is ready to support your cleanups this season! We’ve been listening to what our affiliates and other volunteer groups across the state have shared with us, and we’re excited to share some new resources…
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September 12, 2023
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The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace

by Mac Davenport, KTB Summer 2023 Communications Intern Cover Photo by Maegan LanhamEveryone has an important role to play in preserving our beloved outdoor spaces. Whether swimming in a local river, going for a day hike, or embarking on a backcountry camping trip, it’s essential to be conscious of the…
Corinne Pierce
August 16, 2023
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Tips on How to Stay Cool During Summer Cleanups

Image Credit: Jared TennantRecord-high temperatures across Texas make it difficult to spend time outside, but litter and pollution aren't going anywhere. Here's some tips on how to stay cool while cleaning up your community. Bring plenty of water and drink it often. When planning a cleanup, provide water bottles and/or…
Corinne Pierce
August 9, 2023
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EPA Trash-Free Waters Projects

Check out what communities have been up to with the EPA Trash Free Water Projects! In efforts to prevent the flow of litter into the Gulf of Mexico, the EPA granted Keep Texas Beautiful funding to initiate efforts within Texas communities. Here are some examples of how the funds have…
Corinne Pierce
August 3, 2023
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La experiencia de una Joven Embajadora de Tejas

by Sydney Brown, Young Texan Ambassador 2022-23Ha terminado el período de recepción de solicitudes para Jóvenes Embajadores Texanos (YTA) y estamos entusiasmados de que la nueva cohorte comience a trabajar como líderes en sus comunidades. Sydney Brown fue miembro de la cohorte 2022-23 de Jóvenes Embajadores Texanos y se unirá…
lara
July 19, 2023
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The Experience of a Young Texan Ambassador

by Sydney Brown, Young Texan Ambassador 2022-23As our Young Texan Ambassadors application has come to a close, we’re excited for the new cohort to get started as leaders in their communities. Sydney Brown was a member of the 2022-23 cohort of the Young Texan Ambassadors and is joining us again…
Corinne Pierce
July 18, 2023
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LGBTQ+ Activism and Environmental Justice in Texas

by Mac Davenport, KTB Summer 2023 Communications Intern Cover Photo from LGBT OutdoorsJune is Pride Month, a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and advocate for social change. We honor the history of queer activism–commemorating the Stonewall riots–and continue to fight for progress, as the queer community faces ongoing discrimination…
Corinne Pierce
June 30, 2023
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Tips for Waterways Cleanups

Cleaning up waterways presents unique challenges and often requires extra preparation compared to other locations. Some of our affiliates have provided their tips and tricks to ensure a safe, smooth, and successful waterways cleanup. Do your due diligence ahead of time: learn how your waterways work, is it a lake?…
Corinne Pierce
June 2, 2023
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Sustainable Practices: Composting

by Rae Datt, KTB Spring 2023 Program InternComposting is a relatively undervalued sustainable practice that could be better implemented in both public and private sectors to divert waste. Composting takes food and other forms of biological waste and converts them into plant fertilizer to improve soil quality, resulting in more…
lara
April 24, 2023
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2023 Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-off Events

Great participation from the Henderson community! Several student organizations from the High School volunteered, and local civic clubs cleaned their Adopt-a-Highway sections. all photos c/o Leon Harris, Keep Henderson Beautiful Keep Weatherford Beautiful's Don't mess With Texas® Trash-off event is a fun competition where they break up the participants into…
lara
April 20, 2023
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Climate Anxiety: How do we Address the Issue?

by Rae Datt, KTB Spring 2023 Program Intern Climate anxiety (or eco-anxiety) is a newly recognized phenomenon where one experiences nervousness or fear about the consequences of climate change and feels hopelessness about the long-term sustainability of Earth. The increased access to information pertaining to the issue via social media,…
lara
April 10, 2023
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Women’s History Month: Sadie Ray Graff

by Karla Camacho, KTB Communications Coordinator   In March, we celebrate Women’s History Month, recognizing the remarkable contributions that women have made to society, particularly in their local communities. The efforts of several intelligent and influential women have been instrumental in laying the foundation and promoting the development of Keep…
lara
March 27, 2023
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Keep Pearland Beautiful’s Youth Education Council, Winners of the 2022 Ruthe Jackson Youth Organization Award

By Lenora Tollefson Keep Pearland Beautiful (KPB) is honored to have received The Ruthe Jackson Youth Organization award at the 2022 awards ceremony during the Keep Texas Beautiful Conference. KPB’s Youth Environmental Council (YEC) always strives to keep Pearland clean, green, and beautiful while planning their projects. Since its inception…
lara
March 17, 2023